Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.

Report Contents (click to jump to a section):
- Projects Occurring Nationwide
- R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Kaibab National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Kaibab National Forest, North Kaibab Ranger District
- Kaibab National Forest, Tusayan Ranger District
- Kaibab National Forest, Williams Ranger District


Projects Occurring Nationwide
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Incorporating Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Measures into Land Management Plans (Wyoming)
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Cancelled N/A N/A Danielle Chi
801-625-5667
dkchi@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service will be a cooperating agency with the BLM (lead agency) in preparing programmatic EISs to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into land management plans, including the Thunder Basin NG plan, through plan amendment
Web Link: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/eastern.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable UNIT - Thunder Basin NG portion of the Medicine Bow-Routt NF; WY; multiple counties involved
R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Four-Forest Restoration Initiative EIS: Kaibab and Coconino
EIS
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Forest products
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/30/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Paula Cote
928-226-4686
pcote@fs.fed.us
Description: Implementation of forest restoration activities including thinning of trees, prescribed fire treatments, and watershed and road restoration within 988,764 acres of the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. See www.fs.usda.gov/4fri for information.
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/4fri
Location: UNIT - Coconino National Forest All Units, Williams Ranger District, Tusayan Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Too extensive to list - see project record ponderosa pine habitat on the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests
Rock Pit Development: Coconino and Kaibab National Forests
EA
- Road management In Progress
Comment Period
07/01/2013
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 Mike Dechter
928-527-3416
mdechter@fs.fed.us
Description: Development of up to 39 rock pits affecting a total of 434 acres on the Coconino and Kaibab national forests to provide materials for surfacing roads to maintain safe and sustainable road conditions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34858
Location: UNIT - Coconino National Forest All Units, Kaibab National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable locations throughout the Coconino and Kaibab national forests (see map)
Kaibab National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
South Zone Travel Management Revision Project
EA
- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/01/2014
Est. Comment Period
09/2014
Expected: 05/2015 05/2015 Julie Rowe
928-635-8271
jrowe@fs.fed.us
Description: The Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts are proposing to provide increased opportunities for dispersed motorized camping.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42961
Location: UNIT - Kaibab National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable The forest road systems on the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts
Kaibab National Forest, North Kaibab Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
ADOT Jacob Lake Maintenance Yard Stormwater Improvement - Special Use Permit Amendment CE
CE
- Special use management
- Facility management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/24/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 David Vincelette
928-643-8100
djvincelette@fs.fed.us
Description: Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) proposes to construct a 150 ft. x 200 ft. (approx. 0.7 acre) stormwater detention basin onsite, to mitigate and control discharge flows from the ADOT Jacob Lake Maintenance Yard, a 7 acre SUP Permit Site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43402
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - SW 1/4 NW 1/4 SEC. 32, T. 39 N., R. 2 E., GILA AND SALT RIVER PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, COCONINO COUNTY, ARIZONA. The ADOT Jacob Lake Maintenance Yard is leased Forest Service land (approximately 7.01 acres) located within Coconino County Arizona, east of highway US89A near Mile Post 581.
Burnt Corral Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Land management planning
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 David Vincelette
928-643-8143
djvincelette@fs.fed.us
Description: The purposes of the Burnt Corral project is to improve forest health and vigor, while improving habitat conditions which are more resilient to change in the event of wildfire and/or other climatic condition changes. Project acreage is ~ 28,052 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44236
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Planning stage - General Description: Townships 35 - 37 North, Ranges 1 West to 1 East, Gila and Salt River Baseline & Meridian, (Coconino County, Arizona). The Burnt Corral project area lies in the southwest portion of the Kaibab Plateau (i.e., south-southwest of Lookout Canyon and FS Road 22) on the North Kaibab Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest.
NKRD Eastside Wildlife Water Development and Redevelopment Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2014
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 Angela Gatto
928-643-8127
agatto@fs.fed.us
Description: The Proposed Action is to construct and/or improve up to ten (10) total water development sites located along the east-southeast boundary of the North Kaibab Ranger District (NKRD). Four (4) are redevelopments, and six (6) are new developments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44234
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Project is located generally on the east side of the Kaibab plateau, east of Forest Road 220.
Walker Timber Stand Thinning
CE
- Fuels management
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2014
Expected: 09/2014 12/2014 Paul Callaway
928-643-8150
pcallaway@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial thinning or harvesting on approximately 69 acres of Ponderosa pine (forested area) that contains overstocked stands, to achieve the desired stocking level to increase forest health and vigor. Requires less than 1/2 mile of temporary roads.
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable Located just east of Highway 67 outside the ADOT Right-of-way, 4 miles south of Jacob Lake, south of FS road 200. (within Secs 28 & 33, T 38 N, R 2 E, Gila and Slat River baseline and meridian)
Kaibab National Forest, Tusayan Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
GC Hub Wireless Communications Site Development
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Liz Schuppert
928-635-8367
lschuppert@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct a communications facility as part of a wireless communication system to serve the Grand Canyon area. Includes: 125 foot tall tower; Prebuilt equipment building; Solar hybrid power system; 100 x 100 ft compound with a 6 ft fence.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41068
Location: UNIT - Tusayan Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - NW1/4, SW1/4 of Section 7, T 29 N, R 4 E. The proposed site is located on Skinner Ridge off of FR 343 and FR 343F. Just to the south of the range fence line.
Tusayan Lookout Tree Trail
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/25/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Margaret Hangan
928-635-8342
mhangan@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of a new trail (150 to 200' in length) to access a display kiosk for the historic Tusayan Lookout Tree.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44561
Location: UNIT - Tusayan Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T30N, R2E, Sections 23 and 24 of the Gila and Salt River Meridian 200' north of Forest Road 605 and an APS Transfer Station, southwest of the City of Tusayan.
VANE Minerals Uranium Exploratory Drilling Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Deirdre McLaughlin
928-635-5662
damclaughlin@fs.fed.us
Description: The project proposal would conduct exploratory drilling at 24 different sites
Location: UNIT - Tusayan Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Townships 27, 28, and 29 North; and Ranges 2, 3, and 4 East Tusayan Ranger District
Watts Vegetation Management Project
CE
- Forest products
- Heritage resource management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 Mark Nabel
928-635-8232
mrnabel@fs.fed.us
Description: Project would involve tree thinning and prescribed burning on up to 3,000 acres to create a fuelwood supply in the Upper Basin. Project would help alleviate resource damage associated with illegal fuelwood cutting in the area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41569
Location: UNIT - Tusayan Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T29N, R5E, Sect. 1, 2, 3, 11, 12; T30N, R5E, Sect. 26, 27, 34, 35, 36, Gila & Salt River Baseline & Meridian Upper Basin, 17 miles E of Tusayan, 4 miles W of Navajo Nation.
Kaibab National Forest, Williams Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bill Williams Mountain Restoration Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/08/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/2014
Expected: 05/2015 07/2015 Mark Herron
928-635-8315
mherron@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the project is to improve the health and sustainability of forested conditions on and surrounding Bill Williams Mountain by reducing hazardous fuels and moving vegetative conditions in the project area toward desired conditions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34690
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - All or portions of Sections 1-3, 10-15, 22-27, & 34-36 T21N R1E; Sections 4-10, 15-22, & 27-31 T21N R2E; and Sections 31-33 T22N R2E Gila & Salt River Meridian The project area is located 4 miles south-southwest of the city southwest of Williams, Arizona. It is approximately 18,000 acres and encompasses Bill Williams Mountain.
Juan Tank Japanese Brome Managment Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2014
Actual: 06/25/2014
09/2014 Jeff Sanocki
928-635-5658
jsanocki@fs.fed.us
Description: The Williams Ranger District proposes to authorize prescribed burning as a management tool to contain and control Japanese brome on approximately 12,133 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41566
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Township 22N, Range 1W (Sections 1-2, 11-14, 23-24); Township 22N, Range 1E (Sections 1-21); Township 22N, Range 2E (Section 7); Township 23N, Range 1W (Section 36? Gila & Salt River Baseline Meridian Three miles NNW of Williams, Arizona
Moonset Cinder Pit Operational Safety Improvement Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Minerals and Geology
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/04/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 OC Eke
928-635-5600
oeeke@fs.fed.us
Description: Expand Moonset Cinder Pit to provide additional cinders for use on area roads. Modify road access to allow for safer disposal of community slash.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44136
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable West of Parks off of Forest Road 9203K
Railroad Tank Dam Safety Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 02/2015 07/2015 John O'Brien
928-527-3578
jmobrien@fs.fed.us
Description: Perform maintenance on the Railroad Tank Dam, including repairing the spillway, maintaining the crest of the structure, and creating a structure to allow low level flows to pass through the dam.
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Township 22N, Range 5E, Section 32, Gila & Salt River Meridian In the far eastern portion of the Williams Ranger District, just North of Interstate 40 about 1 mile east of the Bellemont Rest Area.
Three Mile Lake and Horse Lake Fencing Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Grazing management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Roger Joos
928-635-5622
rejoos@fs.fed.us
Description: Three Mile Lake would be fenced to protect rare/sensitive plant/animal species. The exclosure fence around Horse Lake would be realigned to so the earthen tank is outside the fence.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43194
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T22N, R2E, Sec. 9 (Three Mile Lake); T21N, R4E, Sec. 16 (Horse Lake) Three Mile Lake is approximately three miles north of Williams. Horse Lake is in the middle of Garland Prairie approximately 15 miles east-southeast of Williams.
Three Sisters and Nagiler Resource Monitoring Sites Special Use Authorization
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/03/2012
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 Deirdre McLaughlin
928-635-5600
damclaughlin@fs.fed.us
Description: The Kaibab National Forest’s Williams Ranger District is considering a proposal to allow Northern Arizona University School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability a Special Use Permit for two earthquake monitoring sites.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40054
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T21N R1E NW1/4 Section 31 and T22N R1E SE1/4 Section 24 Southwest of the City of Williams and north of the City of Williams
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